New York Times, Monday, June 4, 2012

Author: John R. O'Brien
Editor: Will Shortz
John R. O'Brien
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 80, Blocks: 42 Missing: {FJQ} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. O'Brien NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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1. Stick in one's ___ : CRAW
5. Czech capital : PRAGUE
11. Banned organic compound, for short : PCB
14. TV's warrior princess : XENA
15. Compassionate : HUMANE
16. Kind of baseball or battery : AAA
17. A classic beauty who is not all there : VENUSDEMILO
19. Satellite-based navigation aid, in brief : GPS
20. That is, in Latin : IDEST
21. Plains tribe : OTO
22. Wrap worn in India : SARI
23. Broadcast : AIR
25. Mini-hospital : CLINIC
27. Booster of the Apollo space program : SATURNROCKET
33. Frigid : ICY
34. Younger brother of Cain and Abel : SETH
35. Lowest point : NADIR
39. Country on the south side of Mount Everest : NEPAL
42. Chinese philosopher ___-tzu : LAO
43. Lopez with the 1963 hit "If I Had a Hammer" : TRINI
44. Spanish artist El ___ : GRECO
45. Colored part of the eye : IRIS
47. Lead-in to maniac or surfing : EGO
48. 1960s-'70s Ford Company model : MERCURYCOMET
52. Microscopic blob : AMOEBA
55. West Coast travel hub, informally : LAX
56. "Largemouth" fish : BASS
57. By way of : VIA
60. Number in an octet : EIGHT
64. Many a line on a flight route map : ARC
65. Milky Way bars and others : MARSCANDIES
68. With 53-Down, a coffee-flavored liqueur : TIA
69. Some marbles : AGATES
70. Book before Nehemiah : EZRA
71. Floppy rabbit feature : EAR
72. Refuses to acknowledge : DENIES
73. River across the French/German border : SAAR
1. 116, in ancient Rome : CXVI
2. Clarinet or sax : REED
3. Actress Hathaway : ANNE
4. Wisconsin city : WAUSAU
5. What an M.A. might go on to earn : PHD
6. Regret : RUE
7. Bullets, informally : AMMO
8. Walk or trot : GAIT
9. Open with a key : UNLOCK
10. Fairness-in-hiring inits. : EEO
11. Polytheistic : PAGAN
12. Blue Grotto's island : CAPRI
13. Fundamental : BASIC
18. Use a swizzle stick : STIR
22. Indian instrument : SITAR
24. E.R. workers : RNS
26. Period after Shrove Tuesday : LENT
27. Be in a 32-Down, e.g. : SING
28. Taiwan-based computer giant : ACER
29. Genre : TYPE
30. Archaeologist's find : RELIC
31. Japanese port : OTARU
32. Group in church robes : CHOIR
36. "Carpe ___" : DIEM
37. Playwright William : INGE
38. Hilarious one : RIOT
40. High points : ACMES
41. Richard ___, Clarence Darrow defendant : LOEB
46. Word part: Abbr. : SYL
49. Wreak havoc on : RAVAGE
50. Battle of Normandy city : CAEN
51. Rust and lime : OXIDES
52. Diminish : ABATE
53. See 68-Across : MARIA
54. ___ the Grouch : OSCAR
58. Modern Persia : IRAN
59. Italian wine city : ASTI
61. Egyptian pyramid city : GIZA
62. Wife of Zeus : HERA
63. Old Russian despot : TSAR
65. "What, me worry?" magazine : MAD
66. So-so grade : CEE
67. Donkey : ASS

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